St. Kitts & Nevis
Original Official Site of the
St. Kitts & Nevis
Department of Tourism
St. Kitts and Nevis undoubtedly
rank among the most naturally beautiful of the Caribbean islands,
and that beauty lends itself quite well to a wide range of outdoor
activities. The islands' tall, volcanic mountains, covered with
lush vegetation, are perfect for hiking and exploring, while
the inviting azure-blue waters of the Caribbean are ideal for
swimming, sailing, fishing, and diving.
On St. Kitts, the best white sand beaches are on the southern
end of the island. These include Sand Bank Bay, Frigate Bay,
Friar's Bay, White House Bay, Banana Bay, and Cockleshell Bay.
Of these, Sand Bank Bay is probably the best. The eastern side
of the island, facing the Atlantic has surf, and the northern
part of St. Kitts has black, volcanic-sand beaches. Nevis has
the justly celebrated Pinney's Beach, as well as a number of
other fine, smaller beaches (including the lovely stretch of
snad opposite Nelson's Spring).
At Meadville (Craddock Rd., Charlestown; phone: 469-5235) you
can rent both mountain bikes and racing bicycles.
Cruising and sailing are becoming increasingly
popular in St. Kitts & Nevis, and for good reason--in addition
to the tradewinds scuffing off the Atlantic, these lush volcanic
sailors remarkable views. There are many local captains and boats
available for hire, by the day or week.
The islands' three golf courses, two of them professional caliber,
are uncrowded and challenging. The beautiful Trent Jones course
on Nevis is internationally ranked.
Hiking and Mountain Climbing
Both St. Kitts and Nevis have a good many trails leading into
the mountains and rain forests. The local guides are especially
knowledgeable here; they will instruct hikers on the medicinal
uses of native plants, discuss the islands' history and culture,
and identify local flora and fauna. You may arrange for a guide
through your hotel.
Most hotels will make arrangements for you. Trips on St. Kitts
include beach riding or riding to the rain forest. For those
who are more interested in observing than participating, there
are twelve races a year at the Indian Castle Race Track on Nevis
(see Calendar of Events).
Ruth & Wilf Walters
P.O.Box 250, Basseterre
St. Kitts, W. I.
Phone: 869-465 3226
Nevis Equestrian Centre
John & Ali Jordan-Gilbert
Hermitage Plantation Inn
Snorkeling & Scuba
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are only recently becoming established
on the islands, despite that fact that their coastal waters hide
dozens of unexplored shipwrecks.
Although sport fishing has not traditionally numbered among
the islands' favored activities, careful conservation effortshave
succeeded in attracting serious game fish to the waters surrounding
On St. Kitts, tennis junkies should check out Jack Tar Village,
where the Davis Park is hosted. Jack Tar has the best internal
facilities, with clay, grass and tar court surfaces. Non-guests
are welcome to take advantage of all the facilities by purchasing
a day pass. You can also check out the local tennis scene at
the St. Kitts Bridge and Tennis Club (at Fortlands in Basseterre;
phone: 465-2938): and the St. Kitts Lawn Tennis Club (Victoria
Rd., Basseterre; phone: 465-2051). On Nevis, the Four Seasons
has professional coaches from the world-famous Peter Burwash
International. There are also lighted tennis courts for night-time
play. For an additional charge, non-guests can play and also
take advantage of round-robin tournaments.
Waterskiing takes place at Frigate Bay, on the Caribbean side
(at Roy Gumbs Watersports; phone:465-8050). Jet skiis can be
rented at Kenneth's Dive Center .
Roy Gumbs Watersports has board rentals and lessons. Tropical
Surf on Turtle Beach (phone: 465-2380) also has board rentals.
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